Winnipeg police offer crime prevention tips for businesses closed due to COVID-19

Many business have had to close their doors because of the pandemic. Megan Turcato / Global News

With many businesses across Winnipeg closed due to COVID-19, owners are hoping to keep their shops from being the target of criminals.

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The Winnipeg Police Service released a series of tips on Sunday after receiving a “number of inquiries from local business owners asking for advice.”

The police say most property crimes are crimes of opportunity which owners can work to prevent by taking these steps:

• Activate your alarm and video monitoring systems
• Do not leave any valuables visible or accessible
• Deactivate all scheduled door openings
• Empty or remove all ATM’s
• Move all safes and tills off-site. If not possible, empty these items and keep cash drawers open
• Remove all alcohol from the property
• Keep lights on inside and outside your business
• Post “No cash or valuables on-site” signage

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The police also suggest business owners regularly visit their property and consider doing so at different times, so as to not form a pattern that could be observed by would-be thieves.

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They also encourage neighbours to work together to keep an eye on each other’s properties.